Green’s Dictionary of Slang

trip out v.1

[ext. of trip v.1 (1)]

1. to experience a hallucinogenic drug or a simulacrum thereof; cit. 1998 refers (poss. naively) to heroin; also fig. use.

[US]Sat. Eve. Post 239 44/1: On Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, in ‘the acid capital of the world,’ [...] students continue to trip out, in search of their souls, or enlightenment, or just ‘kicks’.
[US]Science News 17 Apr. 264: The worst bummer of all time was recorded by Robert Louis Stevenson. It seems that the good Dr. Jekyll tripped out on a mysterious powder and ended up as the nefarious Mr. Hyde.
[US]G. Tate ‘Atomic Dog’ in Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 33: Both the first and the second albums we did in one day, tripping out of our minds like a motherfucker.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 64: [of heroin] My cellmates were tripping out in a world of their own.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 256: I’m sitting in there tripping out, but it ain’t too psychedelic.

2. in fig. or ext. uses of sense 1.

(a) to lose control, to leave normality.

[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 18: golden girl – The main chick; a fantastic fox that makes every guy trip out.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 31: The blood was just pourin’ out, and everybody just trippin’ out.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct.
[US]Da Bomb 🌐 29: Trip out: To get crazy.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 158: The machine just tripped out.

(b) to strike one as funny, crazy, extraordinary or amazing.

[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 42: (it will) trip you out – To be informed of an amazing or sensational bit of delightful information.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 258: trip out 1. Have a good time.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 100: That first hit tripped me out on a lot of levels.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 11: TRIP – please. or make laugh: ‘That play was totally hilarious and completely TRIPPED me out.’.

(c) to obsess or fantasize about.

[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 118: I start trippin’ out on death an’ what’s it all mean.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 155: It is the old French bunker [...] As superstitious as this guy is, I can just imagine the tripping out he does on that.

(d) to be amazed, delighted.

[US]Jenkins & Shrake Limo 149: ‘Like you can really trip out on a fifteen-footer [i.e. a wave]. It’s really radical’ .
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 7: trip, trip out – to become extremely excited: He was tripping out when Jordan slamdunked the ball at the buzzer.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 254: The following day we went to the Islamic Center [...] and I totally tripped out.
[US]Source Oct. 43: Maia Campbell . . . will trip out in G’s Trippin’.

(e) to feel confused.

[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 39: I’m tripping out. If we can have this truce now, why did we ever start shooting at each other?
[US]B. Coleman Rakim Told Me 48: MC Shan [...] would trip out because he was from the land of rap [i.e. New York] and everyone was paying attention to these so-called country bumpkins from Florida.

(f) to confuse, to render someone emotionally unstable, to perturb.

[US](con. 1960s) M. Kingston Tripmaster Monkey 235: She was tripping him out as on drugs.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Whores for Gloria 91: That really tripped me out when somebody knocked on the door. He jumped off the bed and drew his gun.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 39: What really trips me out is I never see the sunlight in my dreams.